These 9 techniques can help you get through labour with less pain so you can truly enjoy the birth of your baby.
For some lucky women, labour is a breeze. For others, it can be uncomfortable and painful – but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways to make yourself more comfortable during labour. Try these natural pain-relief techniques prior to labour, and you can try others as your labour progresses.
Women who have hypnobirthed agree that this is a non-invasive way to reduce muscle tension and pain in childbirth. Hypnobirthing is something you can learn and practice ahead of time so you’ll be comfortable using it in labour.
Breathing techniques help keep you relaxed and focus your attention and visualizing a beautiful scene in your mind, one that makes you feel safe and relaxed is also taught, so that you can focus your mind on this place when you have contractions.
Also saying your birth affirmations to yourself during this breathing will help maintain a positive mind.
Have your partner massage your arms, legs, or back during labour to help you relax and to decrease tension and pain.
- Rocking/Birthing Ball
Time spent in a rocking chair, gently moving back and forth as you breathe and relax can help you relax during labour, or try bouncing gently on a birthing ball.
- Walking or Rocking
Walking, or even just pacing right by your bed, decreases discomfort while helping your contractions become stronger and more regular. Or you could try rocking back and forth with your partner while leaning on him.
- Changing Positions
Don’t stay in the same position for too long, and don’t lie flat on your back. Instead, try sitting up in your bed or a chair, lying on your side, squatting and rocking on a birthing ball, or leaning forward over the back of a chair or your birthing bed. If possible being mobile during labour helps your contractions progress.
- Being in or under water
Try sitting in a shower with a jet spray against your back, or lying in a whirlpool bath. Not all birthing centres or hospitals have a tub or shower in the room, so this is not always possible.
- TENS machine
A TENS machine sends electrical pulses (on your back) which are believed to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain and stimulate your body to release natural, feel-good substances (endorphins).
Make sure you have your favourite, relaxing songs on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Don’t forget your headphones or earbuds!
Wonderful smells help you relax and feel better, so take fragrant lotion or potpourri for your room to give yourself a lift.
The important thing for now, is to do your homework. Find out all you can about your options, talk to your health care provider, and trust yourself to make the decisions that will work best for you and your baby.
About Magical Baby Moments
Magical Baby Moments offers group hypnobirthing courses in Romford and Upminster, and private courses across Essex and London. Check online at http://www.magicalbabymoments.com/classes to find out upcoming dates.
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